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Welcome to the October AHSN Network Funding Newsletter. This bulletin alerts you to funding opportunities, international opportunities, events and other relevant AHSN news. For each opportunity we have provided a brief summary and a link to full details.

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 1: Featured Funding Opportunities

>  2: General Funding Opportunities
>  3: Trusts & Charities
>  4: Other UK Government, Seed Funds & Loans
>  5: International Grants
>  6: Events

| Featured Funding Opportunities

Inclusive Innovation Award 2022 to 2023 Deadline: 9 November 2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for scale-up of existing or development of new work on inclusive innovations. This funding is from Innovate UK.

NIHR i4i Connect Opens: 6 December 2022
i4i Connect is aimed at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) developing medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and Tier C digital health technologies with direct patient benefits, looking to ultimately integrate into the NHS. The funding stream aims to help SMEs reach the next stage in the development pathway to apply for further funding, in particular for an i4i Product Development Award. i4i Connect is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research. 

NIHR i4i Product Development Award Deadline: 7 December 2022
i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support translational research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use. The research proposals may address any disease or health area, provided there is a clear unmet clinical need. There is no upper funding limit for Product Development Awards, but costs must be fully justified.

British Heart Foundation Innovation Fund (Round 1) Deadline: 5 December 2022
The fund will operate through Expressions of Interest (EoI) in the first instance. The proposals outlined in the EoIs can range in scale of maturity, from a problem statement that is yet to be defined through to ideas and solutions that are ready to be tested. A maximum of £10,000 will be awarded to support the exploration of selected EoIs. Between £50,000 to £300,000 will be awarded to test the implementation of worked up proposals, and will be subject to a formal application for funding to be assessed by peer reviewers.



| General Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. 

Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition – Round 6 Deadline: 9 November 2022
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

Digitalisation and Automation of Medicines R&D and Manufacture. Deadline: 21 December 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million. This is to support digitalised and automated technology innovation and implementation for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Innovative technologies for nucleic acid medicines manufacturing Deadline: 21 December 2022.
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million for manufacturing innovation for nucleic acid medicines. This funding is from Innovate UK.


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, is a non-departmental public body, and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

BBSRC standard research grant Deadline: Open call

You can apply for research grants at any time in any area within the remit of BBSRC. BBSRC funds research in plants, microbes, animals (including humans), and the tools and technology underpinning biological research from the level of molecules and cells, to tissues, whole organisms, populations and landscapes.
DASA aims to find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

Open Competition Deadline: Open call
The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK - and around the world - by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. 

Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF) - Deadline: Open call
This fund is to support businesses investing in life sciences manufacturing projects in the UK.


ESRC Research Grant Deadline: Open call
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the ESRC have their Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

The NC3RS is a UK-based scientific organisation dedicated to helping the research community worldwide to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals for medical testing.

| Trusts & Charities

The Health Foundation
HF's aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. HF learns what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, they shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

The British Heart Foundation
BHF provide personal support for clinical and non-clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career. They also provide grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

Association of Medical Research Charities
Over 30 years ago a small, diverse group of medical research charities form the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then their membership has grown to over 140 charities.  In 2018, these charities invested £1.3 billion in medical research.

| Other UK Government, Seed Funds & Loans

The British Business Bank Deadline: Open

BBB are a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they say that they can deliver greater volume and choice of finance.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding. General 'collection' of news and funds

Information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund Deadline: Open

The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly known as The Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base.

Creative England Investments Deadline: Open

Creative England is supporting SMEs by providing competitive loans to digital businesses in order to make their growth plans a reality. The investments on offer are intended to fuel this fast-growing sector by financing business expansion and new products, leading to the creation of new high-quality jobs and Intellectual Property (IP). Loans from £50,000 – £250,000 are available with repayment terms ranging from 3-36 months. Interest rates range from 5% – 10%, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector.

HSBC Loan Fund Deadline: Open

HSBC UK has announced a £14 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

| International Grants


Global Innovation Fund Deadline: Open call
GIF focuses on solutions that have the potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches, can come from anyone, anywhere. They seek out innovations they believe have the greatest potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty.

The EIC Accelerator: Open Competition (Grants only)
The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations.

Other international funds of interest:
NICA Healthy Ageing Accelerator: China Competition
The Global Challenges Research Fund
The Newton Fund
Grants available to UK through US Defense - medical research program

| Events & News

KTN - Health Funding Map
Accessing R&D funding for early stage companies is complicated by the plethora of schemes available that all have different rules and are constantly changing. KTN and BIA are please to announce the launch of a Health Funding Map that will help in the navigation of the complicated world of innovation funding.
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